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It could be another disastrous year for Lake Erie, according to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who said in a report issued Thursday that heavy spring rains will fuel another massive algae bloom in the western portion of the Great Lake this summer. 

If Alexander Acosta had done in South Florida what Geoffrey Berman just did in New York, Jeffrey Epstein, a sexual predator, might already be behind bars for the rest of his life instead of serving only 13 months.

This is a time of year when we reflect seriously upon our country, its beginnings and its future. We think, much like the Founding Fathers did 243 years ago, about what right looks like. We do not always get it correct and rarely on the first try. Yet, it is inherently American to strive to …

The next week will see many local residents take part in Fourth of July celebrations across the county. Not only will people check out professional fireworks displays at Geneva-on-the-Lake and Conneaut, but we know others will spend the evenings setting off fireworks of there own.

“When it became known that TAG was going to be disbanding, key players in Ashtabula County law enforcement began collaborating on the formation of a county-wide drug and major crimes enforcement task force.” — Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nick Iarocci on the Crime Enforcement Agency of Ashtab…

The Supreme Court went one-for-two when it came to rulings Thursday that will have far-reaching implications. 

It is sad that it often takes a tragedy to bring about needed and important changes in society. Change is difficult in the best of circumstances, and the status quo exerts a powerful inertia that can be difficult to shake. That situation is made even more challenging when there are specific …

Not many things bring Republicans and Democrats together these days. But bipartisan legislation working its way through the Ohio General Assembly that would streamline the process to expunge criminal records is a good example that compromise is important. Senate Bill 160, introduced by Sen. …

No one knows how they would behave in a life-or-death situation until they face one head on. We would all like to believe we would react with courage and quick-thinking, but in many emergency situations people can become frozen, waiting for someone else to take action. That is what makes the…

For the second straight year, the Ashtabula County Airport Authority and the county commissioners are squaring off over funding for the airport. During a meeting last month, officials from the authority said the facility will be broke by fall if it does not receive $135,000 more above the $1…

Banning the sale of the confederate flag from family-friendly fairs and festivals is an issue of decency — not freedom of speech.

“A lot of people use the phrase ‘we can never forget,’ and it’s because World War II taught us so many lessons. It’s about how Allied forces came together. If we didn’t work with our partners around the world, we would not have won that war. I think that’s a really important lesson that reso…

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Battle of Normandy and the beginning of the liberation of Europe. The D-Day invasion changed the course of World War II and world history. It turned the tide against Hitler and the Nazi forces and sparked real hope across occupied France and the…

State Rep. John Patterson is nothing if not an optimist. It is a trait to admire as Patterson and his colleague Rep. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, prepare to make a final, furious push to get their massive and massively important school reform bill into the state’s two-year budget by the June 30 deadline. 

The Star Beacon is looking for community members who are interested in being involved in spirited debate and helping the newspaper shape our editorial voice as part of the editorial board.

“As one veteran friend has said, ‘For those who fought for it, freedom is a taste that the protected will never know.’ With deepest emotion today, we still witness our flag and hear our National Anthem and know their sacrifices were not in vain. We are the beneficiaries of their last great m…

In the fight to end the practice of gerrymandered-legislative districts, both for Ohio General Assembly seats and congressional districts, state lawmakers have generally gotten on board in the last few years — though both times it was clear they’d have been begrudgingly dragged along anyway …

Today, across Ashtabula County and the entire country, people will gather to honor the greatest sacrifice a veteran can make for their country — to lay down their life in service of the nation. 

As we send the members of Ashtabula County’s class of 2019 off into the next phase of their personal adventures, there are many pieces of advice we could offer. In most cases, however, experience is the best teacher, and we have faith this year’s group of seniors will go on to have a long li…

Just before the Memorial Day holiday — often seen as the official start of summer — we were unfortunately reminded of the dangers of Lake Erie. On Saturday, a pair of boaters was reported missing after they did not return to Geneva State Park before dark. An overturned boat was spotted by he…

There is no reason for sex crimes to have statutes of limitations — particularly if the victim was a minor at the time of the offense. In Ohio, the statute is 25 years from the time the offense was committed, or within 25 years after a person turns 18 in the case of minors. That was increase…

There are few things as frustrating or frightening as being sick and having multiple doctors be unable to diagnose what is wrong. It is one of the things that makes Lyme disease — known as the “great imitator” — so devastating. Lyme diseases mimics other conditions and diseases, and the test…

Even with 1,500 jobs on the table, including the 192 Ashtabula County residents employed by the Perry Nuclear Power Plant, an Ohio General Assembly plan to bailout the state’s two nuclear plants is going to be a tough sell to citizens. 

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

SHEFFIELD TOWNSHIP [ndash] Ruth E. Marshall died Sunday, November 10, 2019. Funeral will be 11AM, Friday, November 15, 2019, at Gageville United Methodist Church. Visitation 5-7PM Thursday at the Marcy Funeral Home. Full notice in Wednesday's edition.

Rev. Brian Wright, Sr., 79, died November 7, 2019. Services Friday, November 22, 2019, 10AM Gateway Church, 2300 Austinburg Rd., Ashtabula. Visitation Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 4-7PM at the church. Full obituary at www.ducro.com

Lynetta M. Pildner, 86, died November 10, 2019. Visitation 2-4 P.M.; 5-8 P.M., 11/14/19 at DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 4524 ELM AVENUE Ashtabula. Funeral 11A.M., 11/15/19 at EastSide Presbyterian Church, 3440 Edgewood Drive, Ashtabula.

ROME [ndash] Wesley W. Foust, age 73, passed away November 4, 2019, in Geneva. Wesley was a marine serving in Vietnam. Survivors: His beloved cats and dogs. Preceded by Wife Lillian. No services will be observed. cawalkerfuneralhomegeneva.com.